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Developing high-quality inclusive practices

Read our Childcare in Schools Report (Family and Childcare Trust/Family Action, 2016) The experiences of school-based childcare settings supported by Family Action in developing inclusive provision for 0–5 year olds across England with SEND

Tips and templates

Download a wide range of tip sheets, checklists and templates, developed during the course of the Childcare in Schools project (2015-16).

Case studies

Download some case studies showing how school-based childcare providers are developing inclusion in their settings for young children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

ball poolHOW TO GUIDE: The guide demonstrates how school-based childcare providers are developing more inclusive childcare practices for 0-5s with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
  1. Introduction
  2. Audits and observations
  3. Staff training
  4. Mapping
  5. Visual signage
  6. Equipment and furniture
  7. Sensory areas
  8. Marketing
  9. Websites and social media
  10. Policy documents
  11. Parents' experiences
  12. Peer support
  13. SEND conditions
  14. Childminders
  15. Funding
  16. EAL
  17. Rural settings
  18. Accreditation


The accompanying case studies cover different school-based early years settings across England (eg children's centre). As well as demonstrating the wide range of models used by schools across the country (eg PVI/school-run provision), the case studies show how each setting is working to develop more inclusive childcare practices.

Midlands and North London


 South London and South